Metal Gear Survive Announced, Watch First Trailer for Co-op Stealth Title
4-player stealth game set after Ground Zeroes.
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The announcement was made during Gamescom 2016, where Konami showed off a trailer for it. Much of the footage featured in the video was set during the ending of Ground Zeroes, confirming it is set after the Metal Gear Solid V prologue.
Players are sucked into random wormholes along with fellow soldiers and chunks of Mother Base. They transport players into alternate timelines, where desert landscapes and half-formed structures sucked in along with you appear. Up to four people must work cooperatively to survive in the new harsh wilderness.
The stealth mechanics core to Metal Gear will remain a key pillar of the experience, and covert operations must be employed to escape massive biological threats. In the trailer they are shown to be zombie-like, but Konami said they will be more than just the shambling undead.
The game will branch out from the traditional pistols and rifles the series has been known for to give players the opportunity to master new weaponry, some of which is completely new to the series, such as the bow and arrow. New animations have been created for these.
Konami has said Survive will explore "themes and pursues a fresh spirit of exploration in unique gameplay mechanics."
"We are delighted to announce another exciting addition to the Metal Gear franchise," said Tomotada Tashiro, European President for Konami Digital Entertainment. "Metal Gear Survive will offer a fresh take on the series' famed stealth elements but within a unique co-op setting that is designed for a truly engrossing multiplayer experience."
A press release adds: "In a struggle to stay alive on this harsh terrain filled with deadly creatures, soldiers who were previously on Mother Base now must work cooperatively in order to survive. Metal Gear Survive continues the pedigree of Metal Gear Solid V's highly praised gameplay design, with a unique blend of stealth and co-op play mechanics.
"Players can strategically manage massive threats with the help of four-player online cooperative play. New weaponry will also be introduced to combat charging creatures and lethal environments as well."
Konami did not provide any further details on the game. From our very brief presentation, Survive looks to be leveraging a lot of the work done on Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain's single-player and competitive multiplayer, and reshaping it into a new cooperative experience.
As alluded to previously, however, new areas and weaponry are being created specifically for Survive, in addition to unique animations for them. As of yet it is unclear who is working on the development. Series creator Hideo Kojima left Konami in 2015, and the LA studio responsible for Metal Gear Online was also shut down after the game's release.